Ok, you might think you’re enjoying your chocolate already! But are you experiencing it so that it truly indulges every one of your senses?
Sight – Your chocolate should be glossy, rich, uniform in colour and smooth.
Sound – It should make a clean snap sound and have clean break.
Smell – Inhale deeply and appreciate!
Taste – Allow to melt on your tongue and fill the mouth – there should be a complex, lingering flavour. Spice, nuts, dried fruit, tobacco – are just some of the flavours.
Your experience will vary with cocoa percentage, region of origin, and of course bean used.
There is no need, by the way, to go to extreme – 100% cocoa is very much an acquired taste. 60-70% cocoa content provides marvellous flavours.
The very best chocolate stands up perfectly by itself with no need of additional flavours or fillings.